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ATLANTA -- Mims Bledsoe, the owner of The Pie Shop, has been baking since she was a child and she recently opened the shop to showcase her skills.

The former University of Georgia masters candidate left school to realize her passion of artisan baking and providing a “slice of happiness” for those who wish to have one.

Bledsoe says she took up baking because it “requires skill and is very feminine”. The theme of her shop is also very feminine; she chose a peach colored storefront to pay homage to Georgia Peaches and the bold black and white lettering as an ode to Coco Chanel, a designer revered by many old guard Southern Belles.

The Pie Shop is quintessentially southern and the pies are absolutely splendid. Check her out at 3210E Roswell Road in Atlanta.


Atlanta Businesswoman Finds a Knock Out Solution to Childhood Homelessness

Atlanta Businesswoman Finds a Knock Out Solution to Childhood Homelessness


Soyini Coke – Business Strategy Consultant by Day, Boxer by Night

A “Knock Out” Solution to Child Homelessness on Thursday, November 3rd.

Ex-Emory law student out of Egyptian prison

(USA Today) -- A law student from Queens, N.Y., who was just released from a prison in Egypt is now with Israeli representatives in Cairo, officials tell the New York Daily News.

Ilan Grapel, 27, is with Israeli diplomats and expected to fly soon to Israel, where his mother is waiting, the News reports.

Grapel, a former Israeli soldier and student at Emory Law Student in Atlanta, is was arrested in June while working with a legal aid group in Cairo. Egyptian authorities accused him of spying, which he denied.

Now, Israel has agreed to free 25 Egyptian prisoners in that country in exchange for Grapel's freedom, according to theNews. Most of those prisoners are smugglers.

Veterans Day: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Marks 20 Years of Serving Children of U.S. Military

Worldwide Programs Now Serving 460,000 Youth in 15 Countries


For 20 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has been providing the children of American military families’ vital services and programs – wherever they are stationed around the world.  Since 1991, children have had access to on-base Youth Centers that offer the same guidance and proven programs - focusing on academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy living - provided by traditional Boys & Girls Clubs across the United States.


“Children of military families face more than the usual challenges of growing up, from moving and re-establishing friendships every few years to worrying about family members who have been deployed,” says Terrill Wicks, vice president, Military Services & International Projects for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. 


12 year old honored by Dekalb County for saving a life

12 year old honored by Dekalb County for saving a life


DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis and the Board of Commissioners commended 12-year-old Justice D. Pate for his bravery in rescuing a young child from drowning while on vacation with his family this past summer.

“Justice is a true hero in our county. He is a prime example that one person can make an extraordinary difference. Because of his quick actions on Aug. 6, a young man now has a bright future,” said CEO Ellis.

DeKalb unemployment exceeds Metro Atlanta rate in September

DeKalb unemployment exceeds Metro Atlanta rate in September

ATLANTA -- State labor officials say Metro Atlanta's unemployment rate remained unchanged at 10.3 percent from August to September.

The highest unemployment rate for the period among Georgia metro areas was 12.5 percent in the Dalton area, which has been hard-hit by job losses in the carpet industry. One of the city's major employers, Shaw Industries, has shed nearly 7,000 employees in the past five years.

State officials say the lowest jobless rates were recorded in the Athens and Warner Robins areas, both at eight percent.

DeKalb County's unemployment rate was 10.5 percent.

The local metro area unemployment rates are not seasonally adjusted.

September is the 50th consecutive month Georgia has exceeded the national unemployment rate, which is currently 9.1 percent.

BEST SPOTS: Trick or Treating

BEST SPOTS: Trick or Treating

ATLATNTA – I’m sure we all remember the days Halloween and Trick-or-Treating was more of a sport than a spectacle. And when everyone wanted to know in which neighborhood you could find king-sized Snicker bars or full-sized bags of M&M’s. Well, according to a survey conducted by Zillow, not much has changed.